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GMA Network seals partnership with the Armed Forces of the Philippines

GMA Network’s Entertainment Group inked a partnership with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for the highly-anticipated Philippine adaptation of the hit Korean drama series, Descendants of the Sun.

Present during the MOA signing yesterday, June 20, at the GMA Network Center were Major General Bienvenido R. Datuin, Jr., Commander of Civil Relations Service, Armed Forces of the Philippines (CRSAFP); GMA Senior Vice President for Entertainment Group Lilybeth G. Rasonable; GMA Vice President for Drama Productions Redgie A. Magno; GMA Assistant Vice President for Drama Cheryl Ching-Sy; and Senior Program Manager Ali Nokom Dedicatoria.

Also present were Major Gene R. Orense PA – C3, CRSAFP; Major Rommel Panganiban PA; Major Louzel Lara PA – Media and Civil Affairs Group; Major Elmar Salvador PA – Deputy C3 / Project Manager; and Staff Sergeant Efren Eugenio PA.

The lead stars of Descendants of the Sun –Kapuso Primetime King Dingdong Dantes, sought-after actor Rocco Nacino, and award-winning actress Jasmine Curtis-Smith– also came in full force.

Major General Datuin is looking forward to working with the Network for the Pinoy version of the series. “The pleasure and the honor are ours. As I always say, this is an AFP that you can trust. We have evolved into your partners in the civilian community. This is an opportunity for us para maipakita ang aming core values which are patriotism, honor, and service, which I know that our actors and actresses here will be able to portray. Maraming salamat and we look forward to this partnership,” he said.

Rasonable, in turn, is grateful to the AFP for partnering with GMA. “First of all, we are so honored and very thankful that the AFP has agreed to help us and partner with GMA for this project. This is a much-awaited and very important flagship project of the Network and we cannot have it any other way than with the AFP helping us out,” she shared.

Magno is equally indebted to AFP for extending their services to the Network. “We are very excited to work with the AFP, in the same way that they are excited to work with us. We just want to always be guided on how to do things correctly and right. That is why we want to partner with them and we are so privileged that they agreed to work with us.

For Dingdong, who is set to play the iconic role of “Big Boss” or Captain Lucas Manalo in the series, the partnership solidifies the Network’s commitment to rightfully represent the country’s military forces. “Thank you po sa ating Armed Forces of the Philippines represented today by General Datuin and of course our GMA bosses. Bukod sa pagsasabuhay ng mga karakter sa Descendants of the Sun, today shows that we are committed in bringing to life and representing properly and well with honor and pride our Armed Forces and we are very excited to start this show already,” Dingdong shared.

Jasmine, on the other hand, is set to play the role of Lieutenant Moira Defensor. “Thank you so much to GMA and AFP for trusting us to portray incredible roles that represent not just the characters from the original story, but also the military men in our country. I look forward to this and I’m very excited to portray the role of Moira,” Jasmine said.

Playing opposite her is Rocco who will portray the role of Sergeant Diego Ramos. “I’ve been looking forward to this for a long time. I’m just really excited to give my all sa mga training and rest assured po that you will receive the cooperation from all actors para maisagawa nang maayos ang lahat ng techniques at tamang proseso na ginagawa ng mga sundalo. We are excited to make the Philippines proud through this show,” Rocco expressed.

Joining the star-studded cast of the Philippine adaptation of Descendants of the Sun are Andre Paras as Dr. Ralph Vergara, Chariz Solomon as Nurse Emma Perez, Renz Fernandez as Dr. Earl Jimeno, Lucho Ayala as Staff Sergeant Alen Eugenio, Paul Salas as Marty Talledo, Prince Clemente as Sergeant First Class Randy Katipunan, Jon Lucas as Staff Sergeant Benjo Tamayo, and Hailey Mendes as Judith Manalo. (30)

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Tom Rodriguez, Megan Young banner Phil. Independence Day celebrations in San Diego and Chicago

In celebration of the 121st  Philippine Independence Day, Fil-American Kapuso stars Tom Rodriguez and Megan Young reconnected with their kababayans in the US through vibrant fiestas and back-to-back activities in San Diego and Chicago, respectively.    

Last June 1, Dragon Lady leading man Tom Rodriguez serenaded thousands of Kapuso fans at Kimball Park in San Diego, California during the Mabuhay Festival 2019.The event, sponsored by GMA Pinoy TV and DISH Network, was filled with colourful acts and booths from various Fil-Am organizations.

The Kapuso actor’s energetic and kilig-filled performances added more spectacle to the event. He also sang duet numbers with Dr. Tess Mauricio, ‘America’s Favorite Dermatologist’ and the host of GMA Pinoy TV’s reality show All in the Family, and Rachel Bernardo, one of the finalists fromThe Clash.

Prior to the Mabuhay Festival, Tom got to visit four schools in San Diego whose students are mostly Fil-Am– Mira Mesa High School, Olympian High School, Otay Ranch High School, and Sweetwater High School – to give an inspirational talk about success, heartbreaks, failures, pursuing one’s dreams, never giving up, and the importance of loving your family.

Tom also thanked his kababayans for coming to the event to celebrate Philippine Independence with him. “It was an amazing experience and what makes it different from my other performances here abroad is that it’s literally in my backyard. I grew up very near here and I frequented San Diego but I’ve never performed here [before], so it feels so close to me,” said the Kapuso star.

During his trip, Tom had the chance to reunite with his family in the U.S., making the celebration even more special. “Thank you so much for showing up and for supporting me with my visit here back to my home ground. Hopefully, we can do this again even during my personal visits to my family here in San Diego and hopefully I can also get the chance to see all of you and hang out with some of you.”

The following week, Miss World 2013 Megan Young flew to Chicago, Illinois for the Piyesta Pinoy 2019, the biggest Filipino event in the Midwest that annually celebrates the Philippine Independence Day. It was held last June 8 at the Bolingbrook Performing Arts Center and was led by the Philippine American Cultural Foundation (PACF). 

With grace and poise, Megan taught our Kapuso abroad how to walk like a beauty queen. She also performed song numbers with local Fil-Am residents. It was a day full of fun and surprises with local performances and art workshops led by Pinoy artists.

Megan also had a courtesy call at the Philippine Consulate in Chicago where she met  Consul General Gina A. Jamoralin and bonded with the Pinoys in Chicago during her stay.

“I always love traveling and meeting our Kapuso from all over the world. It has been a great pleasure spending this year’s Philippine Independence Day with fellow Pinoys here in Chicago. It feels so good to be Pinoy!” shared Megan who is set to be the lead star in the upcoming Kapuso horror-drama series Hanggang sa Dulo ng Buhay Ko.

Both festivities in San Diego and Chicago were made possible through the exclusive media sponsorship of GMA Pinoy TV, GMA’s flagship international channel.

For more updates on Kapuso events abroad, follow GMA Pinoy TV on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram (@gmapinoytv) and visit the GMA Pinoy TV official website at www.gmapinoytv.com.

Viewers abroad can watch their favorite Kapuso shows via GMA Pinoy TV. To subscribe to the GMA Pinoy Pack, call DISH Network at 1-800-898-2681. (30)DISCLAIMER: This Message may contain confidential information intended only for the use of the addressee named above. If you are not the intended recipient of this message you are hereby notified that any use, dissemination, distribution or reproduction of this message is prohibited. If you received this message in error please notify your Mail Administrator and delete this message immediately. Any views expressed in this message are those of the individual sender and may not necessarily reflect the views of GMA Network, Inc.

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StarStruck Season 7: The search is on for the next Ultimate Female and Male Survivors

The stage is set and the cameras are rolling as GMA Network brings forth a brand new season of its original reality-based artista search, StarStruck 7.

The talent search that started it all introduces a tougher, more exciting competition that promises diverse and entertaining challenges, a thrilling judging system, real life drama, and interesting reality-based stories as hopefuls compete to become the next Ultimate Female and Male Survivors.

This season of StarStruck is hosted by Ultimate Star and StarStruck Season 1 Ultimate Female Survivor Jennylyn Mercado and Kapuso Primetime KingDingdong Dantes.

No less than three of the entertainment industry’s most respected personalities – Queen of Creative Collaborations Heart Evangelista, actress par excellenceMs. Cherie Gil, comedy lodi Jose Manalo – will take their seats as this season’s StarStruck Council. As judges, they will be mentoring the finalists and be involved in the story-telling of the program.

Multitalented Kapuso actress Kyline Alcantara joins the program as the StarStruck Insider, the host of Starstruck’s online show, Inside StarStruck.  It premiered last June 10 on the show’s official Youtube channel every Monday to Friday at 6PM.  

Out of thousands of auditionees across the country, 11 boys and 11 girls were chosen through a series of demanding tests dubbed as the ‘StarStruck Experience’. After the gruelling process, these 22 hopefuls will face their final audition on the pilot episode as they compete for a rightful spot in the Final 14.

Kapuso viewers will be able to vote and take part in the judging process as they watch the finalists physically transform on-air through workshops and challenges to help them look and perform better as the reality search unfolds every week.

Dream, believe, and survive anew with StarStruck Season 7 which will air back-to-back episodes for Kapuso viewers abroad via GMA Pinoy TV beginningJune 16. For the program guide, visit www.gmapinoytv.com. (30)DISCLAIMER: This Message may contain confidential information intended only for the use of the addressee named above. If you are not the intended recipient of this message you are hereby notified that any use, dissemination, distribution or reproduction of this message is prohibited. If you received this message in error please notify your Mail Administrator and delete this message immediately. Any views expressed in this message are those of the individual sender and may not necessarily reflect the views of GMA Network, Inc.

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GMA content distribution team raises the bar for Q1 2019

GMA Network’s content distribution team–a collaboration of GMA International (GMAI), GMA Worldwide, Inc. (GWI), and GMA New Media, Inc. (NMI)—recorded significant milestones in their respective markets for the first quarter of 2019.

GMA International, despite challenging business conditions, generated revenues of P295 million for January to March 2019 period, and business unit net income before taxes settled at P256 million. This translated to 27 percent of the Network’s total net income before tax.

For the first three months of the year, the Network’s international arm inked several partnerships with key content distributors – Cox CommunicationsDVS Maritime,andMavshack – which will further expand GMA’s reach across the globe.

Cox Communications, one of GMAI’s biggest distributors in the US, will launch GMA Pinoy TV on all Cox systems in the US in May 2019. Currently, GMA is only available in five (5) out of the sixteen (16) states where Cox operates. With the forthcoming system-wide launch, GMA will be available in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Cleveland, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Orleans, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, and Virginia.

Through GMAI’s deal with DVS Maritime, GMA content will soon be made available to commercial and non-commercial vessels worldwide, and to an estimated 300 Filipino seafarers across the globe.

Meanwhile, in territories where access to GMA content via cable and satellite are a challenge to our fellow Filipinos, a mobile or internet-enabled service will be made available through GMAI’s partnership with Mavshack. These territories include the Middle East, Europe, Asia Pacific, the Caribbean Islands and the Pacific Islands.

GMA Pinoy TV’s YouTube Channel was launched last March in coordination with NMI and the Network’s Program Support Department. This initiative was in line with GMAI’s objectives of creating an online community of Filipinos abroad, improving brand visibility among existing and potential users, especially the young generation, and creating monetary value from content being uploaded.

GMAI also recently signed a deal with Latin Media Corp. (LMC) for the distribution of Spanish-dubbed and subtitled GMA content.   GMA titles such as:  Hanggang Makita Ka Muli (aka Cautiva), Second Chances (aka Una Nueva Oportunidad), Someone to Watch Over Me (aka No Me Olvides), ImpostoraLegally Blind (aka Legalmente Ciega) and Ika-6 na Utos (aka Dulce Venganza), will be made available on Amazon in the US, Latin America and other Spanish language-supported countries.

GMA Worldwide Inc. (GWI), GMA’s syndication arm also inked a separate deal with LMC, which extended the distribution of GMA dramas to Latin America until 2020.

The group also closed a 240 hour volume deal with S&E Syndication in Myanmar which includes the following titles: Inday Will always Love You (aka Happy Together),Pamilya Roces (aka Family Jewels) and Contessa.

GWI also sold the inflight rights of My Korean Jagiya to Philippine Airlines (PAL), which was the group’s first sale to PAL in more than six years.

GMA New Media, Inc., the Network’s digital media and technology arm and its future-proofing agent, also launched pioneering collaborations during the first quarter of 2019.

In terms of producing content that is catered to the online audiences, NMI worked with GMA News and Public Affairs to launch the first online newscast “produced by the young, for the young” called Stand for Truth which was launched on April 15. The production was made possible through a YouTube Innovation grant that GMA received after its participation in a rigorous screening process. Stand for Truth is headlined by Atom Araullo with Richard Heydarian and Joyce Pring.

By looking into actual viewership data and popular themes or genres on YouTube, NMI and GMA Public Affairs also collaborated to produce the first online short film called One Hugot Away. The first part of the video hit 1 million views four days after it was uploaded on GMA Network’s Facebook account last March 25 with the full version similarly getting 1 million views four days after it went live online on April 2. This is only one of the several programs under the GMA ONE line-up which also includes programs such as The Boobay and Tekla Show and TasteMNL.

The Wowowin YouTube channel, currently being managed by NMI, ranked within the top 20 channels in YouTube for the Philippine territory. The channel has been running since November 2018.

Lastly, the GMA Network YouTube channel grew its subscriber base by about 1.5 million since the start of 2019. This means the channel is now only 500,000 subscribers shy of breaching 10-million mark. (30)

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June 17, 2019, Manila Philippines

The annual Typhoon and Flood Awareness Week (TFAW) opens with the theme. ” Resiliency Bridging Science, Filipino Ingenuity, and Preparedness.” This year, the TFAW aims to highlight the importance of Science and Technology (S&T) when it comes to preparedness and mitigation towards a more resilient Filipino community. To kick off a week filled with activities, DOST-PAGASA will be launching the Storm Surge Warning System, as well as the Resilience and Innovation Cluster’s (RIC) activities and technologies for the upcoming National Science and Technology Week 2019 in July.

One of these activities in particular is the presentation of DOST-TAPI’s National Invention Contest and Exhibits (NICE) winners. (The RIC is composed of DOST-PAGASA, DOST-Philippine Institute of Seismology and Volcanology (DOST-PHILVOLCS), DOST-Advanced Science and Technology Institute (DOST-ASTI), DOST-Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (DOST-PNRI), DOST-Food and Nutrition Research Institite (DOST-FNRI), DOST-Industrial Technology Development Institute (DOST-ITDI), and DOST-Technology Application and Promotion Institute (DOST-TAPI).

There will be a press conference on the newly completed J-Freedom Project funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on June 18, at 11:00 am in the Sulo Riviera Hotel in Diliman, Quezon City. And from June 17 to 23, several activities have been lined-up, including the STEM Tagisan ng Talino quiz bee; as well as an essay writing competition, and an information, Education and Communication (IEC) campaign on hydro-meteorological hazards and the Early Warning System for non-technical PAGASA employees hosted by the Philippine Meteorological Society. A Typhoon and Flood Exhibition showcasing hydro-meteorological hazards will also be held in the DOST-PAGASA Main Lobby from June 17 to 21, 2019.

The agency’s facilities and services on these days will also be open to the public for free, including lectures at the Planatarium, and use of the Synoptic Observation and Instrumentation Units in the Science Garden. Capping off the end of the week, from June 21 to 23, is the annual Media Seminar Worshop in NCR on DOST-PAGASA Products and Services, which will be held in the White Woods Convention and Leisure Hotel in Silang, Cavite. TFAW is observed every third week of June by virtue of Proclamation no. 1535 signed in 2008.

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Santos Knight Frank Unveils Next Growth Areas for Philippine Real Estate

The Philippines’ real estate industry continues to be a key driver of economic growth. As the office and residential sectors remain robust, Santos Knight Frank predicts that the next wave of expansion will come from sectors such as logistics, hospitality, retail and REITs.

REITs to unlock new capital for future developments
Since the passing of Republic Act No. 9856 in 2009, the real estate market has been anticipating the realization of the Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT). A REIT is a publicly listed stock corporation that owns income-generating real estate assets, such as malls, offices and hotels. Envisioned to promote the development of the capital market, REITs are instruments to generate capital. REIT companies are also mandated by law to distribute 90%
of their retained earnings as dividends, which benefit investors.

With the recent move by the Government to amend rules on REITs, developers have been increasingly looking at listing their income-generating assets as REIT companies.

Rick Santos, Chairman & CEO of Santos Knight Frank says: “REITs have the power to democratize the Philippine property market, allowing the individual investor on the street to invest in high-value real estate assets along with the big players.”

Santos adds: “We believe REITs will substantially boost the Philippines’ capital market. New capital for developers will enable expansion of the real estate sector not only in Metro Manila but also in the provinces.”

Generally, REITs have outperformed their non-REIT and overall domestic market over the past one to five years in major Asia Pacific markets, according to Knight Frank’s analysis of

REITs in Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong and Australia from Thomson Reuters Datastream.

Santos Knight Frank estimates the prime and Grade A office market in Metro Manila’s four major central business districts (Bay Area, Makati, BGC and Ortigas) at PHP 1.02 trillion.

REITs are not only limited to office assets. With 4.3 million sqm (gross leasable area) in Manila’s retail, Santos Knight Frank expects developers to convert mall assets into REIT companies. Assets such as energy, infrastructure, transportation, hospitals, schools and tourism have also been converted into REITs in other countries.
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